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The Gordie: Umberger gets goal, assist, fight in win over rival Penguins

R.J. Umberger has arrived.

After being seemingly invisible through the first six games, R.J. Umberger made his presence felt in his home town. The Pittsburgh, Penn. native scored a goal, registered an assist and dropped the gloves in Philadelphia's 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

That is a Gordie Howe hat trick, and it provided a much-needed boost to a Flyers team that was just 24 hours removed from an embarrassing 4-0 loss to the Blackhawks on Tuesday.

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Hawks shut out the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0

The Blackhawks came into this game on a mission to get second scoring chances and to crash the net and they most certainly did.  

Chicago beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 on Tuesday in what might have been the most complete game the Hawks played this season. It was a solid team victory.

The Hawks also went with different lines than they had in the past and again Joel Quenneville demonstrated his knack of having his pulse on this team and knowing how to get the best from his players and utilizing their strenghths to spark his team. 

The game also saw the return of Kris Versteeg to the line-up. Versteeg however was not on the third line but was opposite his old b...

Weekly Flyers Preview: Oct. 20-Oct. 26

The Flyers look to build off of Saturday’s win in Dallas. It will be tough as their rough October continues with some of the NHL's top teams. This week's opponents are three of the last five Stanley Cup champions.

Flyers avoid shootout in comeback win in Dallas

The Flyers were sick of losing in the shootout.

After the last two overtime losses for the Flyers left them with frustrations in the skills competition, they were looking at a potential third straight shootout. But Claude Giroux scored 2 minutes, 49 seconds into overtime, completing a comeback 6-5 win.

It was the first win of the season for the Flyers. They avoided going winless in the first five games of the season for just the third time in franchise history with the win.

Flyers' awkward season is a transition season

Let's face it... Flyers fans are in for an awkward season.

There is no way around describing what this 2014-15 Philadelphia Flyers team is. You can say they're a team in transition.

The word transition is not something that owners like to use or that fans like to hear. But it truly is the perfect way to explain this Flyers team.

It is not shocking at all either that the Flyers would end up this way. Ron Hextall was promoted to general just this spring, so he himself is still trying to make the team his own. He was left tied up with a few mistakes made by previous GM Paul Holmgren, and has been unable to reverse moves that were made prior to his promotion.

Flyers lose second straight shootout

The Flyers are 0-2 in shootouts this season, but at least now they're finally getting points.

The Flyers squandered a late game-tying goal by Jakub Voracek with their second straight shootout loss, this time to the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 at home on Tuesday. It's their fourth straight loss, bringing their record to 0-2-2.

Weekly Flyers Preview: Oct. 13-Oct. 19

In the next eight days, the Flyers play three games against some of the Western Conference's top teams. Two of those games are this week.

Both teams this week made the Western Conference playoffs last season. The Anaheim Ducks are off to a strong start to their season while the Dallas Stars, like the Flyers, are winless to start the season.

Flyers give up 3-0 lead; lose in shootout

On Saturday, there were two versions of the Philadelphia Flyers to be observed.

Through the first two periods, the Flyers looked like a team that was on its way to win the first game of the season. But in the third, they were a team that barely came away with a point.

The Flyers blew a 3-0 lead in the third period, ultimately losing 4-3 in the shootout to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. The Flyers (0-2-1) lost their third straight game, starting the season with three losses for the third straight year.

"It sucks," winger Wayne Simmonds said. "We were up 3-0. Obviously you don't get the two points, you’re disappointed."

Mason, defense left vulnerable in home opener loss to Devils

PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers looked bad defensively as a whole.

Maybe it's the absence of Kimmo Timonen finally setting in, or maybe it was the bit of bad news the team received prior to its home opener with the New Jersey Devils. Either way, problems persisted and the reality of the Flyers defensive situation may have finally set in.

The Flyers lost an agonizing game 6-4 to the Devils on Thursday. Twice poor defense erased game-tying goals by the Flyers. Twice, the blame was pitted on Luke Schenn, who had arguably the worst game of his career.

Flyers Drop Season Opener to Bruins

A late goal by Chris Kelly spoiled a fantastic goaltending performance by Steve Mason, leading to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins in the Philadelphia Flyers' season opener.

In the first regular season game of the first year of his contract extension, Mason was nearly flawless. He stopped 31 of 33 shots, including several key stops. If the Flyers were to have won, perhaps a luxurious steak dinner was in his future due to his role in this game.